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New course on U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements to be taught by Wayne Schroeder

New course on U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements to be taught by Wayne Schroeder


IWP is launching a new two-credit course on U.S. Bilateral Security Agreements (IWP 687), which will be offered for the first time in summer 2019. It will be taught by Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder, who has had a 40-year career in Washington, D.C. with service in government, industry, public policy, the military, and higher education.

“Knowledge of U.S. bilateral security agreements is essential to gaining a fuller understanding of U.S. national security policy, foreign policy, and regional defense and military policy,” commented Dr. Schroeder. “I am looking forward to exposing our students to this critical element of national security and defense policy.”

The core focus of the class will be on the origins and efficacy of U.S. bilateral security agreements. The course covers the evolution of their use, particularly outside of NATO Europe, with a primary emphasis on the Indo-Pacific region, the Middle East, and Africa. Students will examine the ways in which bilateral security agreements should service broader U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, providing a basis from which successful security policies can be prioritized and executed.

The course will be an elective under the Specialization in National Security and Defense Studies for the M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs, as well as under several specializations for the Statecraft and International Affairs M.A. It will also be an elective for several IWP Graduate Certificate programs.

In addition to teaching several classes at IWP, Dr. Schroeder is an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University. He served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Resource Planning/Management) from 2001-2004, and he was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (1981-1986), serving under the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). An H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, he received a Ph.D. in International Relations, specializing in defense and strategic studies at the University of Southern California under Dr. William R. Van Cleave. He has published more than 25 articles on national security-related topics during his career and has contributed to numerous trade and industry studies.